Medicare Enrollment Information


Special Election Periods


You may choose a Part C or Part D plan at other times of the year if the person you’re caring for meets one of the below requirements.

  • When you first become eligible for Medicare
  • If you are on both Medicare and Medicaid
  • If your current plan is terminated
  • If you move to a community not served by your current plan

Medicare Annual Election Period

Except under special circumstances, you may only choose or change a Part C or Part D plan each fall, during the Medicare Annual Election Period.

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Enrollment Period Begins Enrollment Period Ends
October 1 October 15 December 7

The choices you make during the Annual Election Period will take effect on January 1 of the upcoming year.

Special Election Periods

You may choose a Part C or Part D plan at other times of the year if the person you’re caring for meets one of the below requirements.

  • When you first become eligible for Medicare
  • If you are on both Medicare and Medicaid
  • If your current plan is terminated
  • If you move to a community not served by your current plan

Medicare Open Enrollment Period

January 1-March 31

If you are in a Medicare Advantage Plan (with or without drug coverage), you can switch to another Medicare Advantage Plan (with or without drug coverage). If you are in a Medicare Advantage Plan, you can disenroll and return to Original Medicare. If you choose to do so, you'll be able to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.

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Updated November 1, 2019

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